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The word Cool

Postby Sabina » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:37 pm

I read Dermot's first entry in his Cloggernaugh West Diaries and uttered "Cool!" out loud. My 8 years old son was sitting next to me, and said "Why do you speak in English?"
That made me smile.
So, when I speak in my native tongue, I don't use the word "cool". That is a pretty big deal, because the word "cool" is one of those international words. In German, for example, it is used a lot!
So, I asked him, what do we say instead of "cool"? He thought about it and gave me the following answers (here translated into English for your convenience):

    Nice
    Interesting
    Pretty
    Good thinking!
    Super
    Alright
    Very good!
    Fascinating
    Excellent
    Well done!
He also observed that additionally to "well done" it could be any variation thereof, such as "well written", "well said", etc.
I thought his observation was pretty cool (ha ha ha), so there you go.

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Re: The word Cool

Postby Ryan » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:38 pm

Well, that' just nifty!
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Re: The word Cool

Postby mirjana » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:51 pm

It is definitely one of words that are overused. But, this word expresses an interesting phenomenon. Because of its many possible connotations, as the word can be used for style, attitude, concept, pose, approach...this word is a very good example for that how much is important who is the person who uses words. Not only that the vocabulary is something very personal, be it rich or poor, but even the same word by different people get many nuances of meaning depending on the way how it is used.
If it would be possible to reduce language to only one word, even then the beauty of communication will depend on the beauty of the soul who uses it.
The silence is different between two people depending how they are. I heard once very interesting statement: “You are silent aggressively” or another " Even when silent we understand each other".
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Re: The word Cool

Postby dermot » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:48 pm

I'm pretty sure that this is the second coming of the world 'Cool', it was em 'Cool' to use that word in the 70's, and now its back again?

Or am i just square.
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Re: The word Cool

Postby GenerousGeorge » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:38 pm

I remember it originating with the other Hippies in the 60's. 80S
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Re: The word Cool

Postby chiara » Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:29 am

it's nice somehow, that an 8-year old boy recognized something many people don't...
In our class too it has become a topic again and some of us are trying to use other words instead..so that the german language doesn't die off (=
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Re: The word Cool

Postby Sabina » Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:39 am

chiara wrote:In our class too it has become a topic again and some of us are trying to use other words instead..so that the german language doesn't die off (=

Ohhhh... that is such gorgeous, joyous news!!!
Thank you so much for sharing that... seriously!
Hearing that made me feel intensely elated.

By the way, I needed the right word to describe how I feel and happy didn't seem like enough, so I looked it up and so came up with elated. :)

elated
–adjective
very happy or proud; jubilant; in high spirits.

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